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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Bush Endorses McCain: Clinton and Obama on War-path

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 12 February, ( Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, former Vietnam prisoner-of-war and decorated Navy pilot secured a boost on Sunday, when Bush referred to him in a taped interview as a "true conservative." Is it a kiss of death asked, a seasoned political observer. Bush urged McCain, a middle-of-the-roader, to do more to prove he is a true conservative. Bush's embrace would bring the right-wing of the party to McCain but it could prove troublesome if independents are turned off. Meanwhile, the democratic delegate count including the super delegates stood at 1,136 for Hillary Clinton and 1,108 for Barrack Obama. A total of 2,025 delegates are required to win the nomination. Clinton and Obama are vying to be either the first woman or black President.

John McCain feeling bruised after two embarrassing losses to Mike Huckabee in Kansas and Louisiana took the week-end off from campaigning. Most core right-wing Republicans are still unwilling to forgive McCain for coauthoring a bill restricting finance contributions to election campaigns by individuals, deemed a fundamental right by some Republicans and his support for President George Bush’s proposed amnesty to illegal immigrants which did not pass muster in the Congress last year.

McCain remained far ahead of Huckabee in the delegate count, and retained his virtually assured nomination that came as Mitt Romney decided to suspend his campaign. McCain has 719 delegates out of a total 1,191 needed to secure the Republican nomination. Huckabee had 234 delegates.

McCain narrowly won the Republican race in Washington state on Saturday, but Huckabee's campaign on Sunday called the final results in that state "dubious." His campaign chairman, Ed Rollins, said that state's Republican Party chairman called the race too early for McCain _ leaving 1,500 votes uncounted when the two candidates were just 242 votes apart.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, on Monday denied that he was thinking of leaving the race. He told the TV analysts show that "it's not a healthy thing for our party to sort of become lethargic, say it's (the presidential race) over, have a coronation."

McCain appeared likely to rebound on Tuesday leading Huckabee by nearly 30 percentage point margins in both Virginia and Maryland. The Republicans also compete in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

New polls released Sunday showed Obama leading by 16 percentage points in Virginia and 18 percentage points in Maryland. The polls conducted Feb. 7-8 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Clinton is looking for a big rebound in the high-stakes March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio. Obama seemed pressing his case to large groups of people where ever he campaigned.

He seemed positively buoyant after his weekend victories. He won a Grammy on Sunday for his audio version of his book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream," beating former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter in the best spoken word album category. He has taken a few shots already at the presumptive republican nominee stating "I have the ability to bring people together, because of that, I think I can beat John McCain more effectively."

- Asian Tribune -

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